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Help me make the most of a printmaking residency to create new work for my first solo show in a British public gallery this summer.
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I have been invited by Spike Island, a contemporary art centre in Bristol, UK, to exhibit a new body of work this July. The exhibition, Material Evidence, will be my first solo show in a British public gallery, and is of huge significance to the development of my practice as an artist.

Ahead of the exhibition, Spike Print Studio – an independent, member-led printmaking based within Spike Island – has invited me to undertake a residency to produce this new work, offering professional technical and critical support in April and May.

About me: An American artist based in London, I trained at Rhode Island School of Art & Design and De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and have exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. In addition, I lecture at Goldsmiths University, London and am a studio holder at Cubitt Artists, London. 

My work as a painter and printmaker investigates the relationship between representation and abstraction and seeing and reading. My methods include enlarging details that reveal hidden structures, such as zooming in on patterns of printing processes, and using of the grid layouts from extinct historic newspapers to create abstract works. 

Melissa Gordon's work in ‘The Parallax Curtain’, at S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013)
Melissa Gordon's work in ‘The Parallax Curtain’, at S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013)

About the residency: The production of my work involves intensive, lengthy physical processes, especially the large scale silkscreen works which in some cases exceed my own height. In order to produce and experiment ahead of upcoming exhibition, I need to access professional print studios for extended periods of time, and this will be my first unlimited access to extensive silkscreen printing facilities since 2003.

This residency offers a fantastic opportunity to develop my career by creating a large new body of work. Key to this is the chance to test out new methods (such as four colour print processes in silkscreen and offset litho) with expert support and to realise new ideas developed over the last two years thanks to an uninterrupted period of working. 

Skill sharing and the democratic potential of print media are important to me, so I’ll also be doing a public talk, a workshop with young artists and presentations to school groups. 

Spike Print Studio
Spike Print Studio

Why I need your help: Spike Print Studio and Spike Island have offered me free access to the printmaking facilities, a studio space of my own and professional support for the duration of the residency. Goldsmiths has also given me a small research grant toward the project. 

I still need to cover most of the costs of materials to produce the work as well as travel and accommodation for my time in Bristol. Your contributions are essential for me to make the most of the residency. I have ambitious plans for creating this new body of work for Material Evidence and I hope that the rewards on offer will encourage you to help me achieve them.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project but as I’ll be trying out new techniques there is always the possibility that they won’t work in the way that I intended them to. Even then it would be valuable experience, and I trust the Spike Print Studio staff will help me to come up with alternative solutions.

There is quite a lot of work to produce in the time allotted, but I will have the help of professional printmakers, student interns and Spike Island staff to complete it and to ensure that all the rewards are delivered in a timely fashion.

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    A VIP exhibition preview with Melissa Gordon and curator Marie-Anne McQuay at Spike Island, Bristol on Friday 5 July, 5-6pm; a postcard print with a thank you note from the artist; a thank you on the Spike Island website and a weekly email update from the artist

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    A half-day one to one studio session at Spike Print Studio, Bristol with Melissa Gordon to make your own screenprint; a postcard print with a thank you note from the artist; a thank you on the Spike Island website and a weekly email update from the artist

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    A private evening function in the ‘Material Evidence’ exhibition at Spike Island with a tour and light refreshments for up to 25 guests; a postcard print with a thank you note from the artist; a thank you on the Spike Island website and a weekly email update from the artist

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